Exploring Caves

Caves_in_Meghalaya.jpgExploring the caves provides a sense of excitement you can not relish unless you are picking your way through their dark, murky interiors. They are frightening, but they can be a lot of fun. The numerous natural caves all over Meghalaya are a special attraction for tourists. A few of them are even the longest you can find in the Indian Sub-continent. You find them in the East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and the South Garo Hills. And you really don't have to go searching for them either - Meghalaya State Tourism offers a packaged tour exclusively for the caves. Take it up, and give vent to the explorer in you. 

Caves in Khasi Hills

Krem Mawmluh
The cave is situated approximately half a kilometre west of Cherrapunjee adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh. This cave interestingly has a five river passage with impressive proportions. With a length of 4503m it is currently the 4th longest in the Indian sub continent.

Krem Phyllut
Situated in village Mawsmai, south of Cherrapunjee. The cave has a large section of fossil passage, two stream ways and three entrances. Length - 1003m.

Krem Soh Shymp (Mawlong, East Khasi Hills)
It has a large pothole entrance of 20m deep. The cave passage is very large with numerous formations at one end. Length - 760m.

Located at a distance of 58 kms from Shillong.

Krem Dam
It is the largest sandstone cave in the Indian sub-continent. It has a very large entrance with a stream entering the cave and running down its main passage. Length-1297m.

Caves in Jaintia Hills

Jowai a picturesque town situated on the Shillong - Silchar national highway is circled by the Myntdu river. In the vicinity of Jowai are numerous thrilling caves & caverns used as hideouts during war time between Jaintia Kings and foreign intruders. The villages of Amlarem, Pdengshakap, Syndai and Nongtalang are dotted with such caves and caverns.

Krem Kotsati
This cave has 8 entrances with the main entrance through a deep pool. Portions of the beautiful river passage have to be traverse by swimming or by using inflatable rubber boat. Length: 3650m.

Krem Umshangktat

The entrance passage of 350 metres offers a comfortable stroll on moist sand. The last stretch requires a mild climb across fallen limestone blocks and debris to reach the collapse doline of the upper entrance. By the collapse there is a belly crawl passage which eventually terminates in a sizeable chamber. Length: 955m.

Krem Lashinng (Pdengshakap, 37 kms from Jowai)
A massive cave measuring 50m wide and 40m high.) Due to the huge amount of sticky and slippery mud in the cave, the best period to visit would be Feb/March. Length: 2650m.

Krem Sweep (Syndai)

47 kms from Jowai : The cave is situated just a few minutes walk from behind the village school in a depression. It has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Length: 970m.

Caves in Garo Hills

Garo hills known for its abundance of wild life, should interest naturalist and photographers to capture the facts of life of animals and the flora and fauna. Two mountain ranges- the Arabella range and the Tura range, passage through the Garo Hills, forming the great Balpakram Valley in between. The headquarter town of Tura is 323 kms via Guwahati, at an altitude of 657 metres. The highest point is Nokrek Peak, 1.412 metres.

Tura has a picturesque landscape of hills against a backdrop of low lying plains, with the mighty river Brahmaputra making sweeping curves as it flows towards Bangladesh. A sunset view can be best seen from Tura peak-1,400 metre, its summit can be reached by a five kilometres trek, party by hiking and also rock climbing.


The third longest cave in the Indian sub-continent, it is situated on the bank of the Simsang river just below the village of Siju. It contains some of the finest river passage to be found anywhere in the world. It is the most researched cave in India and is the home of tens of thousands of bats. Length: 4772m.

Tetengkol-Balwakol (Cave of dwarfs with inverted feet)
At Nengkhong village, 15 kms from Siju. The small and insignificant circular entrance of 1 metre diameter hides a large cave of 5334m long, which is currently the 2nd longest cave in the Indian sub-continent.

Dobhakol Chibe Nala (Nengkhong)
The cave is situated a few hundred metres downstream from Tetengkol-Balwakol on the river Chibe Nala. It is well hidden by a large rock. Length: 1978m

Bok Bak Dobhakol (Nengkhong, Rongdik Nala)
A rather complex cave which would seem to be an intermittently active river sink. During wet weather the cave floods to the roof. Length: 1051m.

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